THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Aviation Employee Investigated by Attorney General's Cyber Crimes Unit Indicted on Child Pornography Charge

AUSTIN A federal grand jury in Austin indicted Michael Dwayne Green, 45, of Austin, Tuesday on one count of possession of child pornography.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit uncovered thousands of child pornography images on the aviation employee’s home computer after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in June 2007. Assistant Attorney General Grant Sparks is prosecuting the case in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas.

Texans will not tolerate criminals who prey upon our children, Attorney General Abbott said. The Cyber Crimes Unit will continue to protect young Texans by aggressively cracking down on sex predators and child pornographers. We are grateful to U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton for his ongoing commitment to Texas children.

At the time of the investigation, Green was employed with an aviation maintenance company that provides fueling, cargo and other services to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. If convicted, Green faces up to 10 years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

The case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a national initiative that encourages the use of multi-jurisdictional task forces to investigate and prosecute the sexual exploitation of children online. In Texas, investigative assistance in these cases is provided by the Texas Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which is one of almost 50 federally funded task forces across the country dedicated to this project. For more information on Project Safe Childhood, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Attorney General Abbott has earned a national reputation for aggressively arresting and prosecuting child predators. Since 2003, the Cyber Crimes Unit and Fugitive Unit have arrested more than 600 sex predators. Prosecutors also have obtained convictions against more than 60 men on child pornography charges.

For more information, contact the Office of the Attorney General at (800) 252-8011 or visit the Attorney General's Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.